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Overheard in product: Alternate careers, designing design, single-tasking, debate, and adorable aliens

We've been eavesdropping. Find out what product folks were buzzing about on social and Slack last week.
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We’re back with part 12 of Overheard in Product—a series where we round up all of the tantalizing conversations from product folks that you may have missed on the web last week.

This week, we talk about alternate career paths, designing design, single-tasking, debate, and cartoons that are out-of-this-world adorable.

Let’s get to it.

Alternate reality

Dr. Donna Malayeri, Product Manager of Serverless at Google, prompted folks to talk about what their career paths might have looked like without tech.

this is a tweet from @lindydonna that asks: if you hadn't chosen to work in tech, what profession would you have today?

People were across the board with their answers, but archaeology was surprisingly popular.  

Food for thought: What would you do? What things about that job interest you, and how can you practice them more in your current job?

Design goes meta

Andrew Hinton, Senior Digital Experience Architect at State Farm, brought up an incredible point about turning your design skills inward toward the company.

this is a tweet from @inkblurt that says: the most important design challenge we have is designing how we design. this is a tweet about design process.

Food for thought: If you were to design the ideal workflow at your company, what would it look like? What would your design process be?

Get into high gear

Paul Jarvis, author of Company of One, had an interesting metaphor for getting into deep work.

this is a tweet from @pjrvs about single-tasking aka working on one thing at a time and taking a break when you lose focus

In his full article, he dives deeper into the value of “single-tasking”—the opposite of multi-tasking.

Food for thought: Take time to audit how you’re working today. Can you set yourself up for success by making it easier to single-task?

The great debate

Rachel Grossman, Experience Designer at Publicis Sapient, drew a strong line in the sand around the most valuable skill for a UX designer to have.

this is a tweet from @radicallyrach about the top skills ux designers need. the author argues that the most important skill for ux designers is debate.

Food for thought: Has your product team debated lately? How can you embed debate in your product process?

Bonus: Nathan Pyle’s cartoons

If you need a smile (or even just a pit stop, in the words of Paul Jarvis), look no further than Nathan Pyle’s hysterical cartoon series Strange Planet.

His funny alien beings poke fun at the everyday things we take for granted—like taking care of indoor plants, listening to sad songs, and cat ownership.

And now that it’s officially spring, and I too am craving some star damage.

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Margaret Kelsey
Director of Marketing at OpenView
Margaret Kelsey is the Director of Marketing at OpenView. Before OpenView, she made immeasurable contributions to Appcues' marketing programs as the Director of Brand and Creative. She’s a big fan of puns, Blackbird Donuts, and Oxford commas—probably in that order.
Skip to section:

Skip to section:

We’re back with part 12 of Overheard in Product—a series where we round up all of the tantalizing conversations from product folks that you may have missed on the web last week.

This week, we talk about alternate career paths, designing design, single-tasking, debate, and cartoons that are out-of-this-world adorable.

Let’s get to it.

Alternate reality

Dr. Donna Malayeri, Product Manager of Serverless at Google, prompted folks to talk about what their career paths might have looked like without tech.

this is a tweet from @lindydonna that asks: if you hadn't chosen to work in tech, what profession would you have today?

People were across the board with their answers, but archaeology was surprisingly popular.  

Food for thought: What would you do? What things about that job interest you, and how can you practice them more in your current job?

Design goes meta

Andrew Hinton, Senior Digital Experience Architect at State Farm, brought up an incredible point about turning your design skills inward toward the company.

this is a tweet from @inkblurt that says: the most important design challenge we have is designing how we design. this is a tweet about design process.

Food for thought: If you were to design the ideal workflow at your company, what would it look like? What would your design process be?

Get into high gear

Paul Jarvis, author of Company of One, had an interesting metaphor for getting into deep work.

this is a tweet from @pjrvs about single-tasking aka working on one thing at a time and taking a break when you lose focus

In his full article, he dives deeper into the value of “single-tasking”—the opposite of multi-tasking.

Food for thought: Take time to audit how you’re working today. Can you set yourself up for success by making it easier to single-task?

The great debate

Rachel Grossman, Experience Designer at Publicis Sapient, drew a strong line in the sand around the most valuable skill for a UX designer to have.

this is a tweet from @radicallyrach about the top skills ux designers need. the author argues that the most important skill for ux designers is debate.

Food for thought: Has your product team debated lately? How can you embed debate in your product process?

Bonus: Nathan Pyle’s cartoons

If you need a smile (or even just a pit stop, in the words of Paul Jarvis), look no further than Nathan Pyle’s hysterical cartoon series Strange Planet.

His funny alien beings poke fun at the everyday things we take for granted—like taking care of indoor plants, listening to sad songs, and cat ownership.

And now that it’s officially spring, and I too am craving some star damage.

Author's picture
Margaret Kelsey
Director of Marketing at OpenView
Margaret Kelsey is the Director of Marketing at OpenView. Before OpenView, she made immeasurable contributions to Appcues' marketing programs as the Director of Brand and Creative. She’s a big fan of puns, Blackbird Donuts, and Oxford commas—probably in that order.
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